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Wednesday 1st April 2020
Good morning Class 3 and well done for making it through to the last day of term before we start the Easter holidays. You will see Miss Crespo has posted some Spanish activities for you above.
Please today carry on with your biographies and your maths. If you finish your biographies during the Easter holidays, please do send them to me via email.
I have attached some fun craft ideas below for you to look at. Totally optional. Many require an egg box which you may not have access to. I love the Easter Wreath!
Wishing you all a very restful break with your families over Easter.
Tuesday 31st March
As per my message yesterday please carry on with lessons 1-3 Chapter 2 in Singapore Maths. If any of you are finished then there are some optional time resources below in case you would like them. There are many resources and games online too. At the moment, we are working on the 12 hour clock but will be moving to 24 hour. Please can you also practise your 3 times table as we will be going over these multiples of 3 on Zoom today. (daily 10 / hit the button are fun online games or make 3 x table chart/poster)
Carry on with your literacy/topic work writing the biography about an architect and the spelling activity.
I am attaching a lovely mindfulness colouring activity on London for those that might enjoy. There is also fun game using North, South, East and West.
Monday 30th March
Good morning, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. We have 3 days this week before the official Easter holidays begin so I would like to set you some activities to do over this time before we break up.
I would like everyone to start looking at Chapter 2 - Telling the Time. Use your text book and read through pages 42-47 which really help explain the difference between am and pm and that there are 60 minutes in an hour. AM stands for 'ante meridiem' and PM stands for 'post meridiem'. These are very old latin words but meridiem means midday. So AM is before midday and PM is after midday. We will talk more about this on Zoom today. You don't need to play the game on page 44 of the text book. Just read through and then have a go at Lesson 1 and 2 in your work book over the next few days of term.
If you complete these lessons, I would like you to take a piece of paper and divide it in half. Label one side am and the other pm. Can you draw or write down some of the activities you do in the am and the pm. I wonder where you might put sleep?
Literacy / topic
Last week, I posted a powerpoint about famous architects (posted again today). I would really like you to choose an architect and have a go at writing a biography about them. Remember, biographies are written in third person so you will need to use he/she/ his/him/her, their name. Perhaps you have a favourite building so you could explore who designed it and write about them. For example, The Shard, The Empire State Building , The Olympic Park, Wembley or The Eiffel Tower. Or you could have a look at one of these well known architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster or Richard Rogers.
As this is a biography, I am hoping for a little more than just a list of facts about the architect. If possible, could you write full sentences. It should be in chronological order which we learnt about in class. A good starting point would be to research when and where they were born. You might be able to find about where they went to school, their family, building (s) they have designed. You can include pictures if you would like to. You can either handwrite or type. When you have finished your biography, you can send it to me and I will put them altogether to create one big book about architects by Class 3. If we were in class, we would usually spend about 3 Literacy lessons on this piece of writing which would include research/ plan, writing and editing. Remember, to try and make your writing lively by using a range of sentence starters and vocabulary. If you would like to check anything with me as you go along, please email me. We will also talk about this on Zoom today.
Spelling: I have attached the next spelling activity work in case you would like to continue.
On Wednesday, I'm going to put up a few art and craft projects on the class page that some of you may enjoy doing over Easter. If you have any egg boxes - save them!
Friday 26th March
Good morning boys and girls, it's fun Friday. Perhaps some of you might be joining me with virtual Funky Fit which Mrs Golds is running live every morning at 9:30. It's such a great way to start each day as well as Joe Wicks' online PE session.
Before we start chapter 2 in our Singapore Maths Book on Monday, I would really like you to have a think about what you might already know about telling the time. I have attached a clock that you could make... it is a detailed clock which should really help you tell the time. I have attached what it should like finished in a word document. I have also attached some thought bubbles with some time thoughts for you to think about. This would all be good preparation before we start chapter 2.
We have talked on Zoom about the idea of writing a diary all about this time we are all living through. If you haven't started a diary yet, you could work on this today, writing a reflection on the last week since school closed.
Finally, I know you all have your Ed Sheeran music badges but I thought now could be a really good time to apply for another badge. The blue or green badge could be a really good one to apply for as you are all busy doing and making things anyway. Have a look at this link and we can chat about it on Zoom today.
See you on Zoom later today.
Thursday 26th March
Good morning children. I hope you all enjoyed the glorious sunshine yesterday. It was great to see so many of you on Zoom and I thought you were all fabulous in our little French lesson!
I know that many of you are coming to the end of Chapter 1 in maths now. Well done for all your hard word and I hope that it has helped you feel more confident at using money. I was thinking that it wont really work to go through all the answers together on Zoom. Instead, I have created a Word document below with all the answers in red. I have included all the answers from Ch 8 to Ch13 as many of you weren't in school when we marked Ch8. I would love you to take your time and mark your work. If you haven't got something right do you understand why and are you able to correct it? If not, we can talk about it on Zoom over the next few days or you can email me. I know that you haven't filled in all the boxes but just mark the boxes that you have completed. I hope this makes sense. Im just trying to do it in the most effective way. Tomorrow I will put the answers up for the Review.
I'm also attaching the next spelling challenge for you to have a look at. On Zoom today, I would really like to hear about which books you are reading at the moment. I wondered if anyone might recommend their book? Bring it to our Zoom session if you can.
Finally, we were very busy in class creating our graffiti tags. Would you like to try and finish these? If you have finished, I thought you might like to go into your garden and see if you can make a 'graffiti tag' out of nature... Im going to have a go myself and Ill show you mine on Zoom so you know what I mean! Gloverooni in leaves, twigs and flowers!
Thanks for all your emails and see you on Zoom soon.
Wednesday 25th March
Good morning children. As you will see, Mrs Braid and Ms Crespo have added some RE and Spanish for you to look at. I think you have quite enough to do today as well as the other activities I have set earlier this week. I would love you to spend time in your gardens while the weather is good as it may be cooler next week. If you’re keen for more activities then you can have a look at the suggested sites above.
Don’t forget Newsround is on every day and if you log on to David William’s website, you can listen to him reading a story. Read a chapter of your book too - I’m taking great pleasure in reading my book every day. If you’re looking to get active, have a look at Joe Wicks PE lesson at 9am. I’ll be doing it!
I’ll see you on Zoom at 11:45 if you can.
We have been looking at the events of holy week through the eyes of Jesus’ mother Mary and by looking at a palm cross (to represent the entry into Jerusalem,) a crucifix (to represent Good Friday) and a wooden cross (to represent the resurrection.)
Year 3 LQ: Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday? How do Christians remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection?
Hot cross buns
fullness of life
Please answer the question above using the grid below as a prompt and look up http://request.org.uk/festivals/easter/ to help you.
Extra activity. Create a cross that speaks of life, death and hope, using as many natural forest school materials as possible and take a photograph of it to share with others.
Tuesday 24th March
Good morning children. It was super to see all of you on Zoom yesterday and I hope many of you will be able to join me again at 11:45 today. We will start by listening to a few of you sharing some of the fascinating facts you’ve been discovering in your project research.
As as your starter today can you try and make 35 using the following numbers. Remember the rules, you can only use each number once and you can use any of the operations adding, subtracting, division or multiplication. You must use each of the 5 numbers I've given you. *Clue...I have used the 3 times table! I will reveal my answer on Zooom but remember, when we do this in class, we often find there are other ways to Mrs G's!
8, 3, 20, 2, 1
As we discussed on Zoom, please can you carry on with Chapter 1 in Singapore Maths, the mind workout and the review. I am hoping that by Friday, most of you will be at the end of this section so we can mark it before moving onto chapter 2 next week. For those of you who have finished, please can you do daily ten every day and time yourself on your Times Tables. See if you can get quicker and quicker. Hit the button is also a fun game to play. Or you could make a pairs game which I will show and explain to you on Zoom today.
Using the synonyms from the game I posted yesterday, can you write 4 sentences using 4 words that were new to you. For example lethargic (which means lazy).We can share some of the sentences on Zoom if you manage to do them before our meeting.
Spellings: I am attaching the statutory Year 3 / 4 word list as I think this will be really useful for you all. If you could come back to school knowing the majority of these words, that would be genius! Perhaps you could start with the words that begin with A and work your way down the list, learning 3 words a day. I have also attached a spelling activity sheet that you could use to support this learning. I will put a new activity mat on the class page every few days. There are also word searches and crosswords.
Thank you to those of you who have had time to compare two buildings in London. No rush for the rest of you. Take your time and enjoy this project. If you are looking for something else to do today, perhaps you could research another city and compare it to London .
I am also attaching a powerpoint about famous architects I though you find this really interesting to read through over the next couple of days and I'm hoping you will find out about people you don't already know about. Perhaps on Friday we could have a vote on Zoom and choose our favourite architect.
Monday 23rd March 2020
Good morning children how are you all? Well the good news is the sun is shining which makes going into the garden even more pleasing. I hope you all had a lovely day for mother's day yesterday.
As a starter for the day, how many words can you make out of the following letters? You know the rules... you can only use each letter once in a word unless I've given it to you twice. No proper nouns allowed. When we meet on Zoom later this morning we can see who has managed to make the longest word just like we would in class:
r t e s s p a c n l g i e b m r n
I have attached today's maths lesson from Singapore Maths WB3 Ch: 1 pg. 24 and 25. You can do it straight in your Singapore Maths books. I realise some of you may have already done this lesson. If so, please could you practise subtraction especially borrowing through the zeros which we talk about on Zoom today. This week I would really like everyone to work through Chapter 1 on money and finish it right up to the end including the review. During Friday's zoom session we can mark our work and go through all the answers. Next week, I would like to start work on Chapter 2 time but not before then. If anyone has any problems with any of the lessons in chapter 1, please email me and I will help you. Remember what Mrs Glover says in our lessons, if some of the boxes are confusing/ the lay out of the question is difficult to understand, please don't fill it all in. Have a look at the notes I have made on today's lesson in the attached word document. The main idea in chapter 1 is that you are able to add together and subtract sums of money .
For Literacy and Topic, I have attached a mini project for you to start thinking about. Some of you who were at home last week may have already seen this. If so, perhaps you could research a different city from another country and have a look at the buildings there. There are so many fascinating buildings in New York and Paris. You could compare them to London in a poster or a powerpoint presentation. I would also like you find out and write down at least 10 capital cities in the world and email them to me.
Finally, I am attaching a little Literacy game on synonyms. It's a pairs game. You don't have to print it out. You could just have a look at it and write down the words then see if you can match them up. Some of you might do this before we meet on Zoom at 11:45 so we can through the answers then.
Im looking forward to seeing those of you on Zoom who can make it at 11:45 today. Hopefully you all have my number as the office emailed it to you on Friday. If not, please email me this morning before 10:15.
None of the above work has to be completed today....just when it feels right.
See you on Zoom!
20th March 2020
Good morning children. Well, you may all be home today but it's still Fun Friday as I would usually say every week! Have you set up your little 'home school' yet and unpacked your pencil case? Perhaps you could start your morning by sharpening all your pencils. You could also do your own Funky Fit session this morning by dancing for 10 minutes. You never know, I might even do it too!
I've attached a few activities for you to do today at home if you would like to. Don't forget, the best thing you can do in this time is read, read, read. Listening to audio books is also a great thing to do, especially if mum and dad need those 5 minutes of peace that we talked about yesterday. Newsround is also on CBBC (TV channel or through the website) every weekday morning at 8:15am.
I really think that writing a diary entry every now and then to explain this very different time in our lives could be interesting. Perhaps you could do this in a special notebook or type it up. Something you might share with your own children and grandchildren one day. You could include some of the information that you hear on the news.
I'll be in touch again very soon
Im sending two PHSE activities for you to look at while your at home.
Work from home 18.3.2020
Hi children, I hope you are all well.
Today in class, the children have been typing up their autobiographies in Word and designing a book jacket using Publisher. I have attached both the documents in case you would like to have a try at home. If you cant use a computer, you can hand write and design your autobiography book cover by hand. You will need to think of a title for your own biography. Some children in class suggested 'My exciting life' 'Bouncing to the future' 'Girl' 'All about me'...
You can email me with your finished work as I would love to see how you get on.
Work for home 17.3.2020
Please find below a literacy project, maths lesson and topic project for you to work on at home.
Maths work 17.3.2020
Once you have your Maths No problem Workbook, please continue working though Chapter 1 - money. You will be continuing to add and subtract money as we have been doing in class over the last week. There is a review the end of the chapter. Next week we will be moving on to time. I have added some mastery maths challenge cards for you to tackle.
Please practise your 3, 4 and 6 times tables. See how fast you can do them. You can also log on to Daily 10 to practise. www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10
See attached document below
see attached document below
This week in Literacy we have moved on to a different genre of writing. The children have been learning about the features of an autobiography and a biography. We enjoyed listening to a biography about Roald Dahl and we all agreed that the quirky facts are what makes it more interesting. For example, we didn't know that Roald Dahl was 2 metres tall! The children have all now started planning their own autobiography about themselves and enjoyed a lesson interviewing each other about all sorts of things. I now know what all their dream houses would look like and what they all wish to do in the future! However, as autobiographies are written in chronological order, there are some missing facts from their early days. Therefore, for homework this weekend, please could you tell your children all about what they were like as a baby/toddler. For example, where were they born? What time were they born? When did they first walk? When did their first tooth appear? Is there anything interesting about their family tree that you could share with them? Do all your children know where you went to school and what you have done in the past /now as a job? A few written notes would be very helpful so that they are able to start writing their autobiographies on Monday.
Spelling rule - double a consonant when adding a suffix that begins with a vowel: forgetting, forgotten, beginning, beginner, preferred
In numeracy, we have continued learning about money. The children have been adding and subtraction sums of money which has gone very well.
In topic time this week, the children finished building their miniature cities (see photos below) which we then used to investigate shadows. The children had great fun and learnt about day and night at the same time. Most of the children should now be able to explain why we have a leap year.... perhaps ask them over the weekend to see if they can tell you. We have also been learning about street art and in particular, graffiti. The children have started designing their own 'tag' which they have all enjoyed.
Next week we are looking forward to swimming every morning. Please remember that all children need a swimming hat and goggles as well as a good snack. All reading books should be in every day next week so that I can listen to your children read while at the pool.
Have a lovely weekend.
We have had a very busy week in class 3.
In Literacy, we have been enjoying poetry, looking specifically at personification and similes. The children have written the most fantastic poems about London which are up on display in the classroom. We also had a fabulous day for World Book Day looking at The Lorax and enjoying drama activities and mask making. It has also been such a pleasure to read and enjoy all the 500 word stories - a bunch of budding authors!
In numeracy, we have started revising knowledge of money. The children have been adding and subtracting and working on 20p being the same as £0.20. There are some maths money word problems attached which are in different colours - some easier than others. Your child might like to look at some of these with you before we go over them in class next Tuesday.
We have had great fun building our miniature cities and look forward to experimenting with shadows next week. if your child has a torch at home, it would be fantastic if they could bring it in next week.
Spellings this week are:
gardener, gardening, limited, focused, offering
Have a lovely weekend
Welcome back to Term 4. It may be wet, cold and miserable outside but there has been a lot of fun inside the classroom.
We have started our new topic 'Urban Pioneers' and this week we have spent time exploring Chiddingstone. We have found out lots of interesting facts about the castle, the shop and the Chiding stone. The children should all now know what an oast house is! Perhaps you might ask them if they can tell you anything about who used to live in the shop and whether the castle always been a castle? We have spent time exploring atlases and had a good time using google earth to locate Chiddingstone. The children have published some excellent leaflets about our village. We studied a variety of leaflets and chose our favourite features to use in our own versions. The class took their own photos, saved them and uploaded them. They were then able to use these in their leaflets along with a fabulous pull out map.
In numeracy, we have been reading a variety of scales used for measuring length, weight, volume and capacity. If you're planning on baking over the next few weeks, please do involve your child in the measuring, especially reading the scales. Today, we spent time solving a number of word problems using the bar model to help us. Regarding times tables, the expectation for Year 3 is to be proficient in 3s, 4s, 8s (as well as 2s, 5s and 10s) so this is very much the focus for the rest of the year. We have also been counting in 50s and looking at the relationship between 3 x 5 and 3 x 50. As always, any work you can do at home to support this learning is hugely appreciated.
Thank you to those of you who have offered to help with driving to Sevenoaks on 11th March. I am still hoping for a few extra cars but will let you know the details of the trip as soon as it can be confirmed. If anyone else is able to drive (even if they cant stay with us for the morning) I would be very grateful if you could let the office know.
Please could I ask for pencil case checks. So many of the children do not have a working blue handwriting pen and we dont have a supply to always give out. This means the children are reverting back to writing in pencil which is a great shame.
Spellings for this week: myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid, mystery
Finally, next week, we will be building an urban setting to investigate shadows and light. If you have any spare cereal boxes etc that you could send in on Monday, I would be very grateful.
Have a lovely weekend
Firstly, I just wanted to say how very proud I am of all the children for their fantastic Act of Worship on Thursday. Everyone worked so hard and it was fantastic that everyone took part in such an enthusiastic way. I am so sorry once again that we missed a part out, however, the fact that the children just carried on shows how mature they are. A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to watch. It was lovely to have your support.
I would be very grateful if over the half term you could have a look at the 500 word story with your child. This is a competition we always run in Key Stage 2 and runs in association with the Literary festival at the castle. It is compulsory that all children write a story and our deadline for entries is 2nd March. The story needs to have your child's full name as well as the school name on it. The BBC 500 word story website has lots of ideas for inspiration.
I hope you all have a very restful half term. I look forward to seeing you in Term 4 with some spring sunshine!
7th February 2020
We have had a very busy week in class and all the children have been working so hard.
In numeracy we have introduced bu stop division which most children have grasped quickly. We practise every morning when we come in to the classroom and I will be sending some extras home this weekend. We have moved on to our new unit in numeracy, measuring. This week we have been looking at length and have started converting meters / kilometers which is a tricky concept eg 5km 5m is the same as 5005 meters,
In literacy, the children have created their own Greek God/Goddess and have started planning and writing their own myth which we look forward to showing you next week on our Greek day.
The children have been very busy preparing for our Act of Worship - a reminder that it will take place at 9am on Thursday 13th.
Also, please can I remind you that children do need shin pads for hockey.
Have a lovely weekend
This week in numeracy the children have been working really hard at column multiplication and also working on further division. For some children, I am sending home some multiplication and division questions for their own revision. We have already worked on these exact questions in class so I hoping that most children will be able to do them again at home. When we are doing multiplication and division in class, I always let the children use their 100 multiplication square and explain that this is their tool kit. A big thank you to all of you who have been helping your child with their times tables. It is becoming very clear that a lot of children have been working on these at home and I am really grateful. Next week we will move on to measuring length and mass in class.
In Literacy, we have read the myth Pandora's Box. We have started learning about play scripts and have written our own which we be part of our class Act of Worship on Thursday 13th. We have also been looking at poetry and have had a go at reciting a poem...obviously about the Greek Gods!
In our topic work we have started to explore the Greek alphabet and finished off our Trojan horses.
We are looking forward to you joining our Act of Worship on Thursday 13th. It will start soon after registration. We then invite you to our classroom until 9:45 to give you the opportunity to look at work from the term.
Spellings for this week: actually, magically, basically, accidentally, occasionally
Have a lovely weekend
We have had another brilliant week in class.
The myth of Medusa and also The Trojan Horse have really captured the imagination of the children and they have produced some outstanding work in both literacy and art. The children have been researching life in Ancient Greece and have written a range of information leaflets.
In numeracy, we have moved on to multiplying a 1 digit number by a 2 digit number and we have now started using the formal column method which most children have grasped quickly.
Spellings for this week are: gently, simply, horribly, possibly, probably
I hope you all have a lovely weekend
17th January 2020
I am immensely proud of all the children for their hard work in class this week.
In Literacy, we have been studying the the myth Theseus and the Minotaur which the children have rewritten in their own words. THe quality of their writing has blown me away. We have also enhanced our DT skills by creating papier-mâché models of the Minotaur. They have caused a genuine intrigue from other pupils in school. Today, we read the myth Daedalus and Icarus Andy the children wrote a diary entry from the point of view of Daedalus. The tea bagged stained paper was a good bribe!
In numeracy, we have been working very hard on division. The children have quickly established that division is the inverse of multiplication and now their times table fact can help them. This weekend, I have sent home a fortune timestable game which I hope they will enjoy playing while learning their multiplication facts at the same time.
In a bid to be more eco friendly, you will notice that the children have written their own spellings in their books this week. We are still looking at adverbs and this week the rule is, if the root word ends in y add ily
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
10th January, 2020
For those of you who may not have seen my update earlier this week, I would like to wish you all a very happy new year. It has been lovely to see all the children back for the start of Term 3, well rested and full of stories from the Christmas break.
This week in numeracy, we have been multiplying by 3. Most of the children are doing really well with their multiples of 3 and understand that 12 x 3 = 36 which can also be understood as 3 x 12 = 36. Today we began to look at division being the inverse of multiplication eg: 36 / 12 = 3 and 36 / 3 = 12. We have also been solving word problems linked to the 3 x table. I have sent home some fun 3 times tables games for your children to do - any reinforcement would be really welcome before we move onto multiplying by 4 next week.
We have now started our new topic Gods and Mortals which has stirred lots of fascination in the class. We have been looking at the geography of Greece, comparing ancient and modern day Greece. We have also started studying the Greek gods, obviously starting with Zeus the King of the gods. In Literacy, we have been readying Greek myths. In today's lesson, the children really enjoyed Theseus and the Mintoaur which they will be re writing in their own words next week.
This week's spellings are: kindly, quickly, safely, bravely, finally. We have been learning that with these words, the root word does not change before adding ly to turn it into an adverb.
Just to let you know that PE will now be on a Wednesday for this term. The children have started gymnastics which they are all really.
Have a lovely weekend
5th January 2020
A very happy new year to you all. I hope you have all had a very restful and enjoyable Christmas break. I am very much looking forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday morning and hearing all their news.
Just a reminder that PE is on Thursday again this term. Please ensure all kit is back in school by then. There is no forest school this term, our next session will be in the summer. If you could check your child's pencil case to make sure it is nicely stocked up, I would be very grateful.
As I am sure most of you know, Mr Haysom is not with us this term. He is completing a term at his contrasting school but will be back after February half term. This term, we welcome Miss Agostinho to Class 3 as part of her teacher training. I know the children will make her feel very welcome.
See you all on Tuesday.
13th December 2019
30 children and their teachers are hanging in there as we hit the near end of term! They have been working so hard this week and I am really proud of them for not giving up despite being tired and quite a lot of illness in the class.
In Literacy we have been looking at debate writing and speaking and set up our own mini class election. It was really fascinating to see the children in debating roles.
In numeracy we have continued with adding and subtracting by using bar models which has proved a really good tool for solving problems.
A couple reminders for next week
Monday - from 2:45/3pm we welcome you to our class to have a look at the work we have been doing this term
Tuesday - Christmas lunch and jumper day. Carol concert at 6pm.
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 6th December
A very big well done to everyone in the class for their outstanding behaviour on our theatre trip to London on Thursday. We had a great time watching 'School of Rock' and I hope it's kicked off the Christmas season for children. It was an added bonus to be able to admire the Covent Garden Christmas lights on our way back to the station.
In class this week we have been continuing with column subtraction and also mulitplying by 3. Next week, we will be introducing the children to bar modelling to help them add and subract in a visual way. We have been continuing instruction writing in Literacy and created a set of instructions for our magnetic games. We would love you to come and visit us and play our games on Monday 16th December at 3pm. We have been exploring magnetic force and different metals this week which has been fascinating. Who knew that some pennies are magnetic but not all?
We didn't do the 'tian' spelling test this week as we weren't in school on Thursday and they were just too tried on Friday. So we will go over them on Monday instead. Then, next Thursday, we will do a review of all the spellings from term 2.
The children have copies of their song words for our carol concert which is due to take place on Tuesday 17th December - it is always a very festive end to the term. I would be so grateful if you could encourage your children to learn their words.
Have a lovely weekend.
29th November, 2019
Time is flying and we are fast approaching the glitter month!
We have had a really good week in class. In numeracy we have mastered column subtraction including renaming (borrowing). This is a complicated method but as I've explained to the children, that practise makes perfect but they all seem very pleased to now have a way to subtract large numbers. Next week, we will move on to a new chapter...multiplication and division.
The children have been learning about writing successful instructions in Literacy. We have been learning about 'bossy verbs' (the imperative) which have helped us to write a set of instructions for our magnetic games. We are looking forward to testing the games with Year 1/2 next week.
Spelling rule this week - words that end in 'ian': magician, optician, mathematician and politician (just 4 this week as they are tricky words)
We are now starting to learn our songs for the Christmas carol concert. I have attached the words as we are really trying to learn O Holy Night by heart.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and hope to see you at the Christmas fair tomorrow.
Friday 22nd November 2019
We have a very busy week in school.
In numeracy, we have been learning about subtraction and have introduced column subtraction. The children understand that in subtraction, the biggest number always needs to come first and that the answer will always be smaller then the number we take away from.
In Literacy, the children have been enjoying using the new school laptops to type up their diary entries. They have also been learning about headings and subheadings and created information sheets/leaflets about the forces they learnt about at The Science Museum last week.
We have been very busy during our topic time learning about forces with a special focus on magnetism. The children have been designing magnet games which has been great fun. If they have any materials they would like to bring in to help them make their game then that would be great. This project has lead us to explore which metals are actually magnetic.
Spellings this week - rule words ending with sion
expression, discussion, extension, confession, permission,
Have a good weekend
Friday 15th November, 2019
Huge apologies that this update is late. I did it on Friday morning but it didn’t save properly. However, that now gives me time to say that we had a fantastic trip to The Science Museum on Friday. All the children were perfectly behaved and we learnt so many new things to support our topic this term. Many thanks to the parents who accompanied our trip.
Friday 15th November
We have had a great week in school.
In maths, we have carried on with our column addition and have also been working on our number bonds to 100 to help us bridge over the gap...eg 280 + 50 could be done by partitioning 50 into 20 and 30. Thank you so much for all the homework folders that have been sent back. I have marked them and am very pleased to see the children making good progress.
In Literacy, we had a wonderful drama session with Ed Shamwana. It was great to see some of the children working outside of their comfort zones. They all did it with so much enthusiasm. We have been carrying on reading The Iron Man and the children have been writing diary entries from the point of view of the cross the farmers.
Spellings: action, addition, correction, station and connection
In our topic work the children completed their carts with much excitement. We have also been learning about air resistance and gravity.
I would be really grateful if you could replace your child's ink in their pens, as many are running low.
Have a great weekend
Friday 8th November
Welcome back to Term 2 - the winter temperatures have certainly set in and this seems a good time for a reminder that children really do need their winter coats every day. School hats and gloves are available from the office should you need them.
It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school - all rested for another busy term.
We have started our new topic Mighty Metals. This week, we have been exploring forces and materials. The children made their own spinners to identify which material made a better surface and whether height and weight made a difference to the spin. We have also started designing and making carts with wheels and axles. We will set up a fair test next week to race them which I am sure will be lots of fun.
In Numeracy we have been learning how to do column addition. All children have picked up the method quickly and I am really pleased with the progress they have made. We will carry this on next week. I'm hoping many of you will have seen the orange homework folder your child should have brought home on Wednesday. This week, there are some column addition questions along with an example on the back. This is non-compulsory and there is no deadline. However, I would really welcome children to have a go as regular practise with any new method is a positive. I will always send homework home that links to our class learning and that I feel children should be able to do. If your child struggles with this, please return it to me with a little note and don't force them to do it. It's good for me to know if they can't do it. When your child completes some / all of it, please return to me so I can mark it. Many thanks.
In Literacy this week we have started to read the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We have been learning about personification and the children wrote their own prediction of what happens next in the story. I am really pleased with the progress the children are making with their writing.
Spellings for next Thursday: the 'y' makes the 'ee' sound at the end of a 2/3 syllable word:
actually, early, history, probably, history,
They have had a lovely morning at forest school today. Thank you for sending in the warm layers.
Have a lovely weekend. See you on Monday and looking forward to our trip to The Science Museum next Friday - meeting at Hildenborough Station at 9:15
Very well done children for making it to end of Term 1 and for such an excellent term of work. We are very proud of you all and thank you for making Term 1 so much fun.
A huge thank you to all the children and parents for my incredible birthday gift. What a wonderful surprise! I feel extremely spoilt by you all and I am very much looking forward to my afternoon tea in London. What a treat!
This last week of term really has been a celebration of our topic Heroes and Villains with lots of interesting visitors telling us about real life heroes. The children were all fascinated and had so many questions. A big thank you to all our visitors for making our last week of learning so interesting.
Thank you to all of you who were able to join us at Harvest Festival. It was a lovely way to end the term.
Next term we will be reading the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes as our class text. If any of your children have their own copy of this book or would like to borrow it from the library, they are very welcome to bring it in. There are no new spellings over half term. During week 1 of Term 2, we will be reviewing all the Term 1 spellings.
Finally, I hope you all have a very restful and enjoyable half term.
See you on Monday 4th November.
Another busy week in class 3.
In Literacy, we have been working hard on the rules of direct speech and putting it into practise in our own writing. This has given us the full tool kit to write our own version of a traditional tale and these are coming on really nicely.
In Numeracy we are moving on from place value to addition and subtraction. This week we have understood that addition can be done in any order. We are still working hard on our timestables and are now learning our 4s and 8s.
In topic, we have created our own hero statues out of clay - I was amazed by the artistic skills in class. Next week, we are looking forward to having some real life heroes visit our class.
We are continuing with homophones this week and spellings are: berry, bury, brake, break, ball, bull, fair, fare
A reminder that Harvest festival is at 9am on Wednesday and you're very welcome to join us.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 3 team
Friday 4 October
We have had a good week in Class 3.
In Numeracy we have been investigating doubling numbers. We have found out that if you double an even or an odd number you always end up with an even number. We are now counting and working with number sequences moving in steps of 4s and 8s which will help us with the 4 and 8 times tables.
In Literacy, we have been looking at a range traditional tales and the way that they are written. This has linked well to our hero and villain topic and next week we will be writing our own versions. We have also been learning about direct speech and how to use it accurately as there is a lot to remember. It would be fantastic if you could point out any examples of direct speech when your child is reading and ask them to change their voice.
In our topic time, we have been writing songs, learning about statues around the world and we have been busy preparing for our Blue Peter music badge. Thank you so much for all your help with the form filling and photos - it is hugely appreciated.
You will notice there are more spellings this week than usual as we are learning about homophones. Therefore the children have 4 pairs of words to learn: hear, here, main, mane, male, mail, knot, not. As always, we will be going over these in class daily.
As an additional homework this weekend, I would really like the children to find out about a famous inventor. Perhaps they would like to find out about who designed the telephone, the first train, the first plane or absolutely anything they may be interested in. If they could write a few notes and perhaps find a picture of the inventor that would be brilliant. We can then use this information to create a poster next week where I will be teaching the children how to use bullet points, titles, headings and subheadings.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Friday 27th September
Another busy week in class!
In Numeracy we have really been working hard on adding 1 more/ 1 less, 10 more/10 less and 100 more/100 less to a number. We have also been working on our 2s, 5s and 10s and we are now able to do this with mixed up questions which is fantastic. If you would like to practise at home I would really recommend Mrs J's Timestables cards or the online game Top Marks Daily 10 (your child will recongise it from class- we are now able to set the timer for 2s, 5s and 10s to 10 second intervals) Year 3's understanding of Place Value is coming on really well.
In Literacy, we have been learning about synonyms and antonyms by finding adjectives to describe a hero and an antonym suitable for a villain. We have also been looking at characterisation and created 30 different characters for a story. Today, we have worked on our comprehension skills and discussed how important it is to find the information from the text rather than use our own opinion.
This week Mrs Glover has been brave. We got the musical instruments out and have started creating our own song about a hero! Obviously, we had to listen to some of Mrs Glover's favourite songs about heroes in order to do this. We are hoping to share this magical musical moment with you when you come to visit our class on 17th October!
Spellings this week are: earth, early, learn, heard, search
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 20th September, 2019
Another week has whizzed by! The Roald Dahl Day was a huge success and we had lots of fun in class looking at Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Thank you for all your support with the array of wonderful costumes.
In Literacy, we have been working hard to improve our descriptive writing by not only using adjectives but also adverbs and similes. The children have written some fantastic riddles using these descriptive devices. Today we wrote riddles about a person which caused much hilarity in class. The children wrote excellent clues, always starting with a really hard one that made it impossible to guess. I am so impressed by the handwriting in Year 3.
In Numeracy we have been comparing numbers and looking at 1 more, 1 less and 10 more 10 less then a given number in the hundreds. The children were learning to count in 50s which they all enjoyed....who knew we did the 50 times table in school! We have also been working on our 5 times table and trying to get it on the tip of our tongues. Again, any support with this at home would be most welcome. Next Friday, I would like to test the children on their 2s, 5s and 10s mixed.
We now have new table names each week which link to our topic. This week they were named after famous women in history so we have been researching Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhust and Margaret Thatcher.
Well done to everyone for all their hard work this week. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday.
Friday 13th September
Thankfully, Friday 13th has been a very smooth and happy day in Class 3, much like the rest of the week!
Thank you to all that came to the Curriculum Meeting on Tuesday. It was a pleasure to talk to you about our exciting year ahead. I am attaching the powerpoint that I showed which highlights our timetable and the curriculum topics for the year ahead.
We had a wonderful start to the week with our very successful trip to The National Portrait Gallery. It was a pleasure to take the class to London and I was proud in the way they represented Chiddingstone School. We saw many portraits of both heroes and villains and the trip has inspired our learning for the term ahead. This week, we have been looking at Kings, Queens and Leaders and so far we have looked at Henry VIII, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
In numeracy, we have been revising odd and even numbers which has helped us successfully master the 2 times table... almost all the children can now recall the 2 times table number facts within 7 seconds! The target is 3 seconds - no pressure. We have also been partitioning numbers into thousands, hundreds, tens and units.
In Literacy, the children have been learning about using the past tense and they were able to practise this in their fantastic reports which are up on display about our trip to London. Everyone did really well in the spelling quiz on Thursday. The new spellings for this week are; they, obey, disobey, prey, grey
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Enjoy the attached photos from our trip.
See you next week.
Friday 6th September
A very warm welcome to Class 3. It has been wonderful to see the children this week who are all looking healthy and relaxed after the summer break. We hope that you all had a lovely holiday. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Class Curriculum Meeting at 2:45 on Tuesday in the hall. In that meeting I will tell you all about the year ahead rather than in this class update. For those of you who are unable to make the meeting, I will send home a handout with your child.
This week we have enjoyed getting to know your children again. Everyone has settled well into the school routine including the change of lunch hour for ks2! I have said to the children that they are welcome to bring in an afternoon snack if they would like to as unfortunaly, KS2 do not have fruit provided.
We we have started our new topic Heroes and Villains, talking and writing about heroes in our own lives. We also researched Florence Nightingale as the first of many famous heroes. We are very much looking forward to our trip to The National Portrait
gallery on Monday. I’m hoping you have all received the details- all children to come to school as normal on Monday morning but we would be grateful if you could collect them from Hildenborough Station at 15:12.
Thank you to all of you who have carried on reading with your child and returned their books. We have a reading raffle in Class 3. On a Friday, any child who has read 5 times at home that week will be entered into the raffle to win a brand new book. It would be very helpful if you could sign their book and put an H and the date each time they read.....this includes reading to themsleves. I will talk this through more at out meeting.
Hopefully you will have have seen the orange GPS (grammar, punctuation, spelling) books. These will come home with your child each night but also need to come back to school each day. If they have time to practise, they can use their books or spare paper. They will be tested on a Thursday in the back of this book. There will always be a spellings rule which links to the spellings for the week and every child’s will have the same words. We practise them every day in class.
I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. If you have any questions about Class 3 please do come and see me.
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